Academic Probation – All colleges require students to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) to remain in school. Any student not maintaining satisfactory progress toward his/her educational objectives will be placed on probation for a semester.
Academic Suspension – A student on Academic Probation may be placed on Academic Suspension if he/she fails to maintain or achieve the minimum cumulative GPA required. A student will be required to sit out one full semester when placed on suspension. (Fall or Spring) Specific requirements may be placed on the student’s re-entry into college.
Academic Year – The period of the annual academic session, exclusive of summer school. It is divided into two semesters and extends from August through May (i.e. Fall/Spring/Summer).
ACT and SAT – These letters are acronyms for the American College Test and the Scholastic Aptitude Test. Both tests are designed to measure a student’s level of knowledge in basic areas such as reading, writing, and mathematics. Four-year colleges and universities may require the results of either the ACT or SAT before granting admission.
Admission – Acceptance of a candidate for enrollment in Blinn College.
Advanced Standing Credit – These are credit hours that an institution accepts toward a degree from courses that the student has earned elsewhere. Such credit may be given for work done at another higher education institution, by examination or “testing out,” or by military service.
Advising – A process by which a designated Blinn College employee and/or faculty member assist students in choosing appropriate coursework consistent with their academic and career goals.
Advisor –A Blinn College employee and/or faculty member who assist students in choosing appropriate coursework consistent with their academic and career goals.
Alumni – people who have graduated from the institution.
Application – Application is the process by which a prospective student submits the required forms and credentials to his/her chosen institution. Application criteria may include one or more of the following: previous academic records, test scores, interviews, recommendations, and other information provided by the applicant.
Associate Degree – The Associate Degree is granted upon completion of a program of at least two, but less than four years of college work. Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees are conferred upon students who successfully complete programs designed for transfer to a senior college. The Associate Degree requires completion of a minimum of 60 credit hours, exclusive of physical education activity courses, with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (a “C” average).
Associate of Applied Science Degree – This degree is conferred upon students who successfully complete a program designed to lead the individual directly into employment in a specific career. The Applied Science degree has the same requirements as those stated above for the Associate Degree.
Audit – A student who does not want to receive credit in a course may, with approval of the instructor & Dean of Academic Affairs, audit the course as a “visitor.” A student who audits a course usually cannot ask or petition the institution at a later date to obtain college credit for the audited course.
Bachelor’s Degree – This is the undergraduate degree offered by four-year colleges and universities.
Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination - The State passed Senate Bill 1107, which requires all students under the age of 30 entering an institution of higher education to show proof of having the vaccine. The vaccine must be administered at least 10 days prior to the start of the semester. The vaccine must be no more than five years old from the date the student enrolls.
Blended Courses – These are course that are taught both face to face and online through eCampus. The class will meet once a week face to face with the remainder taught online.
Blinn Bucs Refund Card (HigherOne Card) - All Blinn College student refunds are issued through Higher One, a financial services company focused exclusively on higher education. Blinn College no longer issues refund checks; all refunds are processed through Higher One. Higher One offers Blinn College students a choice in the timing and the delivery of student refunds. The initial Blinn Bucs refund card is issued to Blinn College students at no cost and automatically sent to the students mailing address.
Blinn ID Card – The I.D. card to identify a student as a member of the Blinn campus community. Students should carry cards with them at all times and present it to any Blinn College official upon request.
Bookstore – All colleges have bookstores. It will generally stock all the books and other materials required in all the courses offered at the institution as well as providing basic sundries and clothing items.
Campuses – Blinn College has 4 campuses: Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg, & Sealy.
Business Office - The Business Office is responsible for the timely dissemination of accurate information relating to a student's financial account.
Classification – A student’s status, freshman or sophomore, in respect to progress toward completion of his/her curriculum. Usually based upon the number of courses to his/her credit at the time of any given registration period.
Commuter – A commuter is a student who lives off-campus and drives to class, or commutes.
Concurrent Enrollment – A student can enroll and attend two educational institutions at the same time provided that certain criteria are met.
Course – Organized subject matter in which instruction is offered within a semester and for which credit toward graduation or certification is usually given.
Course Load – The number of semester hours the student schedules in a given period.
Curriculum – A set or sequence of courses related to a particular area of knowledge or to a particular objective.
Distance Education – These are courses taught entirely online using the eCampus system.
Drop – Official withdrawal from one or more courses registered for during a semester; usually initiated by the student but may be done by an instructor or administrator.
eCampus – This is the learning management system used by Blinn College.
Elective – A course not required for a particular field of study.
Enrollment Services Department - Enrollment Services works as a team in conjunction with the Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, Business Office, Housing, Disability Services, Student Activities, Student Affairs and Counseling/Advising offices.
Extra-Curricular Activities – These are non-classroom activities that can contribute to a well-rounded education. They can include such activities as athletics, clubs, student government, recreational and social organizations and events.
Faculty – The faculty is composed of all persons who teach classes for colleges.
FAFSA – (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) A national application for financial aid, including loans, grants, college work-study and other federal and state programs. It is often required before a student can be considered for a scholarship also.
Fees – Fees are additional charges not included in the tuition. Fees may be charged to cover the cost of materials and equipment needed in certain courses, and they may be assessed for student events, programs, and publications.
FERPA – (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974) This act was designed to protect the privacy of student’s educational records. FERPA limits the amount of information about a student that can be released without the student’s consent.
Final Exams (Finals) – These exams are usually given during the last week of classes each semester. The type of final administered in a course is left to the discretion of the instructor. Final exams are given on specified dates that may be different than the regular class time.
Financial Aid Office – Assists student with the processing of federal, state, and private aids available to students for payment of higher education expenses.
Financial Aid Disbursement – This is a specific date that individual financial aid awards are applied to a student’s account. This is not the day a when refunds will be released.
Freshman – A student with fewer than 30 semester hours of credit at the beginning of a semester, usually a first-year student.
Full-time Student – A student who is enrolled for 12 semester hours or more during the Fall and Spring semesters.
Grade Point Average – Points per semester hour assigned to a grade; indicates overall performance and is computed by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the number of semester hours attempted.
Graduation Ceremony – Held in May and December following final exams.
Hazing – Hazing means any intentional knowing or reckless act on or off campus directed against a student that endangers the mental or physical health or the safety of a student for the purpose of being initiated into any Blinn College official upon request.
Health Science Center (HSC) – Texas A&M’s Health Science Center houses the Allied Health program at Blinn College. Allied Health courses and staff are located at the HSC. In addition, a number of traditional academic courses will be offered at the HSC.
Humanities Courses – Humanities courses are classes covering subjects such as literature, philosophy, and the fine arts.
Incomplete – A grade of “I” stands for Incomplete. That is assessed to a course for one reason only; failure of a student to complete a vital portion (final exam, paper, etc.) of a course because of a situation beyond the control of the student.
Junior/Community College – A Junior/Community College is a two-year institution of higher education. Course offerings generally include a transfer curriculum with credits transferable toward a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college, and an occupational or technical curriculum with courses of study designed to prepare students for employment in two years.
Major/Minor – A major is a student’s chosen field of study. It usually requires the successful completion of a specified number of credit hours. A minor is designated as a specific number of credit hours in a secondary field of study.
Math Placement Exam - Registration into all math courses on the Bryan Campus of Blinn College is strictly controlled. In order to take any math course in Bryan, a student must meet the academic prerequisite for that course. That prerequisite can be met by either taking the appropriate prior course (e.g. to take MATH 1325, the course prerequisite is MATH 1314) or by making an appropriate score on a Math Placement Exam (MPE). The MPE is offered at no cost to the student and is available for initial placement into entry level courses
Minimester – This is a shortened semester where student can take one course in during a 4 week span. Minimesters are available starting in December and May.
myBLINN – Blinn College's online registration and student information system. Students can use this system to check class schedules, register for classes, pay for classes and check grades, holds, financial aid and degree progress
Non-Credit Courses – These are classes or courses that do not meet the requirements for a certificate or a degree at a given institution.
Office of Admissions – This office is responsible for the processing of all admissions materials ranging from applications, transcripts, and the like.
Office of Disability Services (ODS) - The ODS serves students requiring special support services due to Visual/Hearing Impairment, Learning Disability, ADD/ADHD, Mental/Psychological Disorders, Neurological Disorder, Brain Injury, HIV/AIDS, Chronic Illness, Physical and Orthopedic Impairments, Other Disabilities.
Open-Door Institution – Open-door institutions are usually public two-year junior/community colleges. The term open-door refers to an admission policy that states that anyone who is 18 years of age or older, whether or not a high school graduate, can be admitted to that college.
Overload – A load of more semester hours than a student is normally permitted to schedule. Permission must be obtained from the Dean of Academic Affairs.
Parking Permit – Motorized vehicles such as cars, trucks, motorcycles, or mopeds are required to have a valid Blinn Parking Permit. The Enrollment Services Department is responsible for the issuing of the parking permits.
Payment Due Date – These are specific dates prior to the beginning of a semester when registered students must have financial arrangements made for their tuition and fees. Failure to pay tuition and fees by your payment due date may result in the student being dropped from their classes. Financial arrangements can be made by the following: paid in full, financial aid authorized, or a payment plan set up.
Payment Plan - Blinn College offers a payment plan through NelNet Business Solutions (formerly FACTS Management) for the total of tuition, fees, room and board. Students must sign up for the payment plan online through the myBlinn registration system. Payment options vary by semester and registration date. Payment plans are not available for the minimester or summer semesters.
Prerequisite Courses – A prerequisite course is a course taken in preparation for another course. For example, Accounting 1 is a prerequisite for Accounting 2.
Q Drop - A “Q” (Dropped) grade is assigned before or on the official “Q-Date” as indicated on the College calendar when a student is officially dropped from a course. The “Q” grade may also be given after the “Q-Date” if the student is passing the course at the time the official drop is processed.
Refund – The payment of a credit balance from the student's financial account in a manner chosen by the student. The refund is issued by Higher One, Blinn College's 3rd party partner.
Registration – Enrollment at the beginning of a semester or summer session, including selection of classes and payment of tuition and fees.
Schedule – The list of courses and sections offered in a given term, together with the hours, days, and places of meeting and names of instructors.
Scholastic Probation – A student will be placed on this status if a grade point average of 2.0 is not obtained.
Semester – An enrollment period of about 16 weeks. The inclusive dates are shown in the college calendar.
Semester Hour – A unit of measurement which determines how much credit you get for taking a course.
Sophomore – A student having completed 30 semester hours.
Suspension – An involuntary separation of the student from the College. It may extend one semester, until a specified date, or until a stated condition is met.
Syllabus – An outline of the important information about a course. Written by the professor or instructor, it usually includes important dates, assignments, expectations, and policies specific to that course. This is also called Course Information Sheet.
Testing Services - Blinn College Testing Services provide students with the opportunity to take the General Educational Development (GED), ACT & SAT, Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA), HOBET, TEAS, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI - to assess vocational interests). Students will need to check and see what testing is available at a specific campus location.
Texas Common Course Numbering System - Promotes the successful transfer of course work among colleges in Texas.
Transcript – The transcript is a permanent academic record of a student at college. It may show courses taken, grades received, academic status and honors received. Official Transcripts may not be released by the college if the student owes any money on their student account. Official transcripts maybe picked up in person at Enrollment Services.
Transcript Deferment – If a requested transcript from a previous institution will not arrive prior to the beginning of the semester of interest, an applicant can conditionally admitted and able to register for courses. Specific requirements and deadlines will need to be met. This form becomes available one week prior to the beginning of a semester. Texas A&M transcripts are not eligible for deferment.
Transcript Request - Students may request to send an official transcript(s) to colleges, universities, organizations, businesses, and persons. Request can be made online, by mail/fax, or in person at Enrollment Services.
Transfer of Credits – Some students attend more than one institution during their college career. When they move or transfer from one college to another, they also transfer accumulated credit hours from the former institution to the new one. The new institution determines which courses will apply toward graduation requirements.
TSI – State required assessment program: Under the TSI, students will be assessed, receive the academic help they need to become college-ready, and be evaluated to determine when they are ready to enroll in college-level coursework. Testing must take place prior to advisement and registration.
Tuition – Tuition is the amount paid for each credit hour of enrollment. Tuition does not include the cost of books, fees, or room and board. Tuition charges vary from college to college and are dependent on such factors as resident or out-of-state, level of classes enrolled in and whether the institution is publicly or privately financed.
Veterans Affairs – Within our Financial Aid office, the Veterans Affairs Office is housed. Blinn College offers several programs and services that have been developed to help the veteran student meet his/her educational goals. If you were active duty military personnel, a reservist, or a dependent of a veteran who is 100% disabled or deceased due to a service related injury, you may qualify for educational benefits through the Veterans administration.
W (Drop grade) - A “W” grade (Dropped Due to Good Cause) is assigned before or on the official “Q-Date” as indicated on the College calendar when a student has officially withdrawn from the College or is officially dropped from a course for any of the following “good cause” reasons: severe illness, care for a sick/injured/ or needy person, death of a close relative/relation, military duty (student), military duty of a close relative/relation, change in work schedule.
Withdrawal – Official withdrawal from all courses during a semester. Students must complete official withdrawal forms available at the Admissions Office and satisfy all financial obligations of the College.